Archive for September, 2008

The Steve Reeves Collection

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Released earlier this year by Retromedia this double bill set provides two of Reeves’ historical Pepla in their full widescreen ratios.

The Giant of Marathon (1959) – is one of the genre’s very best titles with some incredibly battle scenes and a good storyline as well. Mario Bava appears to have shot most of the film himself and it looks great. Recommended to all genre fans.

War of the Trojans (1962) is the sequel to the earlier Wooden Horse of Troy (available on German DVD) and is not as impressive – the battle scenes in particular could use a little work, but it is still enjoyable and really you can count it as a bonus as the set is worth getting for ‘Marathon’ alone.

Blacula meets Black Dracula…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

With funky dialogue abound, you might expect Optimum’s latest DVD release (released today) to be pure exploitation, but in fact Blacula and sequel Scream Blacula Scream are more akin to 1960s gothic horrors than their 70s cousins.

Take a read of our super detailed newest reviews: Blacula & Scream Blacula Scream

Optimum Western Classics – American Westerns

Friday, September 12th, 2008

I’ve reviewed 4 films from this collection released at the beginning of this week (Hills Run Red, Legend of the Lost, Man of the East and Navajo Joe) and to wrap the reviews up I have completed a summary of all of the American Western titles.

I am going to be reviewing most of these next year as part of a feature into the more obscure American Westerns, so keep your eyes open for that.

Cannibal Terror (1981)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Released this week is Cannibal Terror from Severin.

Severin have built up a very strong reputation for releasing seriously obscure films on seriously good looking discs and this is no exception. Unfortunately there is a reason most of these films are obscure and that is that they are simply not very good. In this case a cannibal movie with only a couple of gore scenes and clearly filmed in a Spanish forest rather than a jungle.

Still, fans of the genre might well enjoy and there are many many worse films out there – Cannibal Terror

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 2

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Trailers are always a favourite of mine, and the Grindhouse era saw some of the most enjoyable and original trailers being created as producers desperately tried to make it clear to the drink and drug addled audience that their film would have more blood, breasts and/or explosions than the last one.

Put simply, this is a collection of 55 of the best of these trailers and is very enjoyable. Read the review then place an order -  it comes out tomorrow (ie. in about 7 hours…)

Sergio Corbucci Retrospective

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Its a special week of Spaghetti Westerns this week as we look at the career of one of the genre’s real legends, Sergio Corbucci

I’ve got three all new reviews:

Hellbenders (1967)

Navajo Joe (1966) – released next week in the UK by Optimum

The White, The Yellow and the Black (1975)

Plus, the Sergio Corbucci page has had an update – and I’ve updated all five of the other reviews, including an almost completely new review of Django and The Great Silence.